2010 Toyota Tundra Review

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2010 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra: getting dated, but dependable

The big news for the 2010 Toyota Tundra is a new 4.6-liter V8 engine that replaces last year’s 4.7-liter V8. PickupTrucks.com’s Mike Levine reports the new V8 is stronger, lighter and more fuel-efficient, delivering 310-horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, which he calls the best power ratings per liter of any midlevel half-ton V8.

Levine also notes the 4.6-liter Tundra is the first Toyota offering exhaust gas recirculation that’s water-cooled and computer-controlled, which he says allows for more accurate control of combustion temperatures through more of the power band for a wider, flatter torque curve, as verified in our dyno run. And despite the Tundra’s aging design, Edmunds.com editors say the 2010 Tundra’s strong performance and excellent utility make it a top choice for a workhorse pickup.

The Tundra gains incremental cosmetic changes and some additional safety features; otherwise it returns largely unchanged. For a detailed review of this vehicle, consult our page on the 2009 Toyota Tundra.

Additional changes for 2010 include knee airbags for the driver and front passengers, folding tow mirrors and a rear back-up camera that displays images from behind the vehicle on the inside rearview mirror. Toyota also now offers stripped-down Work Truck and high-end Platinum packages, along with two new audio choices.

The new 4.6-liter V8 engine with rear-wheel drive delivers the Tundra’s best fuel economy, 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, which is one more mpg on the highway than the 4-liter V6. With four-wheel drive, the 4.6-liter engine delivers just one mpg less city and highway. The gas-guzzling numbers for the 5.7-liter V8 engine carry over at 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 16 combined with rear-wheel drive, or 14 mpg with four-wheel drive (13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway).

The 5.7-liter model also gains E85 Flex-Fuel compatibility for 2010.

The Tundra’s crash-test results remain inconsistent. It still aces all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests (rear, side and offset front), and the Crew Cab and Double Cab earn 5 stars in the federal government’s full-frontal crash tests and four-wheel drive models earn 4 stars for rollover. But the Regular Cab model earns only 4 stars out of 5 in the same tests, and rear-wheel drive Tundras get only three stars for rollover.

Editors of ConsumerGuide.com say the Tundra trails domestic brands for handling, interior materials and overall refinement, but bests them for power and passenger accommodations, earning it our Recommended nod. The 2010 Tundra is also named the winner for the large pickup category in the 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.

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